Im from back East man.. I totally feel your pain. I live 6 hrs from the closest good stuff in AK and its not exactly a drive through the park to get there in the winter. Only reason I'm getting to go this year is because I'm flying there for work. Fairbanks is shit for boarding....I moved up here and had hopes of awesome boarding everywhere all the time... I did not do my research.
Man I miss riding in Alaska. I got the chance to live in Wasilla last year so Hatcher Pass was like 20 min away and Alyeska was about 1 1/2 hours. Epic riding eventhough last winter up there was not as good as some of the others. This season sucks here, I hate riding this ice now that I got spoiled riding Alaskan Pow. Before I didnt mind the ice so much, now I hate it.